Fantasy Island: Ibn Bajja And Ibn Tufayl, by Peter Adamson

Peter Adamson, Professor of Philosophy at the LMU in Munich and at King’s College London, is the author several books, including The Arabic Plotinus (2002) and Great Medieval Thinkers: al-Kindi (2007) and Philosophy in the Islamic World (2016), and hosts the History of Philosophy podcast.

Intellect and alienation in Ibn Bājja and Ibn Ṭufayl, author of the philosophical desert island castaway tale Ḥayy Ibn Yaqẓān.

Further Reading

Ibn Bājja, La conduite de l’isolé et deux autres épîtres, trans. C. Genequand (Paris: 2010).

Ibn Ṭufayl, Ḥayy ibn Yaqẓān, trans. L.E. Goodman (New York: 1972).

A. Altmann, “Ibn Bajja on Man’s Ultimate Felicity,” in Harry Austryn Wolfson Jubilee Volume, vol.1 (Jerusalem: 1965), 47-87.

L.I. Conrad (ed.), The World of Ibn Ṭufayl: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Ḥayy Ibn Yaqẓān (Leiden: 1996).

D. Gutas, “Ibn Ṭufayl on Ibn Sīnā’s Eastern Philosophy”, Oriens 34 (1994), 224-41.

T. Kukkonen, “No Man is an Island: Nature and Neo-Platonic Ethics in Ḥayy Ibn Yaqẓān,” Journal of the History of Philososophy 46 (2008), 187-204.

T. Kukkonen, Ibn Tufayl: Living the Life of Reason (London: 2014).

J. Puig Montada, “Philosophy in Andalusia”, in P. Adamson and R.C. Taylor (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy (Cambridge: 2005), 155-79.

D. Wirmer, Vom Denken der Natur zur Natur des Denkens. Ibn Bāǧǧas Theorie der Potenz als Grundlegung der Psychologie (Berlin: 2014).


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